8 Secret Spice Blends That Will Make You a Grilling Star

Spice up everything from chicken to steak with these easy-to-make spice blends
8 Secret Spice Blends That Will Make You a Grilling Star


Get creative and make your own spice blends using these recipes as a starting point.

When it comes to grilling, the best foods are known for their big, bold flavors. Cooking foods on the grill is a great way to enhance their tastes — the grill grates add flavorful caramelization and char, and charcoal grills lend a nice, smoky element to whatever you’re cooking — but using dry rubs and spice blends is an easy way to kick the flavor up another notch.

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Whether you’re planning to slow-cook a rack of spice-rubbed ribs or quickly char up chicken skewers, consider adding some spices and seasonings before you head to the grill. You can mix up your secret spice blends in advance and then store them in air-tight containers until you’re ready to use them. Then, after you’ve fired up the coals, all you have to do is reach into your kitchen cupboard and grab your secret ingredient.

Lots of flavorful spice blends start with onion and garlic powder, so those are good spices to keep on hand. If you start with a mix of those two, you’ll have a base for just about any spice blend that you’d like to create. Get creative and add other flavors that you like, keeping in mind that you want to balance sweetness, smokiness, bitterness, and heat. If it helps, think about recipes that you like and then combine the spices that go into making that particular dish. Not only are you likely to make a delicious spice blend that can be used for grilling but, the next time you make that dish, some of the work is already done for you!

If you need a few delicious spice blend recipes to get you started, we’ve got eight — ranging from highly aromatic to super spicy — that are guaranteed to make you the star of your next barbecue.

Coffee-Coriander Steak Rub


The secret to this super flavorful spice rub is two tablespoons of ground coffee. The coffee grinds add a complex flavor and they also help tenderize the meat — that means your steak is guaranteed to be juicy and delicious.

Creole Seasoning Mix

This easy-to-make spice blend combines eight ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry: paprika, garlic powder, salt, onion powder, oregano, thyme, cayenne, and black pepper. It’s great for any recipe that calls for Creole or Cajun seasoning; we love using it on skewered, grilled shrimp.

Orginally published on May 27, 2015

Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.